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God Bless -Ii Group
In this Group: Saffief , Mariama , Fanta , Hawa
In the photo are members of the “God Bless II” group. They are small-scale businesswomen based in Koidu, a city in eastern Sierra Leone. This is the first loan these entrepreneurs are accessing from SMT/Kiva lenders. With this loan, they will be able to expand their businesses, make more profit and consequently improve on their standard of living.

The leader of this group is Saffief. Saffief is age 31; she was born in Bo, a city in southern Sierra Leone. But she is currently residing in Koidu, together with her husband and four children. Her husband is a businessman and three of her children are attending primary school.

For five years now, Saffief has been selling cloth: gara lappers (locally dyed cloth), Bamako cloth (cloth dyed in Mali), etc. With this loan, Saffief will buy gara and Bamako cloths at wholesale to add to her business.

(Also included on the right in the photo is loan officer, Edward, handing over the loan to the borrowers.)

Additional Information

About Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT)

Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) is Kiva’s oldest field partner in Sierra Leone. SMT began operations in 2002 as a microcredit program of the NGO Child Fund Sierra Leone under a USAID program to assist the reintegration of ex combatants back into their communities. Today, SMT offers group, agricultural, individual and salary loans to micro-entrepreneurs through six branches and one sub-branch in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas. By providing small loans and other financial services, SMT empowers poor clients to generate more income to help their families, improve their wellbeing, and create a more vibrant private small-business sector in Sierra Leone.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Sierra Leone

  • $903
    Average annual income
  • 21
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $9,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,300.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD